The USA Today best-selling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her romantic thriller debut with this heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend's death, a story pulsing with the "intense, hot, emotional" (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.
Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what's left of her best friend's belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker's Mark, and never woke up.
But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lockbox hidden in Celine's apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.
On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine's private life - and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
©2016 K. A. Tucker (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
I am really impressed! KA Tucker just slipped into another genre without losing her trademark storytelling or the angst. I will admit that I came in expecting a romance, but the love was that of a friend. This sisterly love was just as powerful and it was just as deep so the story really resonated with me. The author weaved the story in dual POV with Maggie being the present voice and Celine being the past. The narrators were very easy to follow, so I never had difficulty knowing who was leading the dialogue.
Maggie Sparkes came to New York City to settle her best friend Celine Gonzalez’s estate after Celine’s body was discovered in what the police ruled a suicide. As Maggie walked through what she supposes were Celine’s last couple of weeks, things didn’t add up. Coupled with the discovery of Celine’s diary, and a plane ticket for Celine to visit her mother in a few days, Maggie believed that what she had was a murdered friend. When the police brushed her off, Maggie set out on her own to find evidence to support her suspicions that Celine’s death was staged to look like a suicide.
This book definitely kept me guessing as to what was going on. I think I suspected almost everyone in the book except Celine’s own mother and the PI firm. The author peeled away layer after layer of carefully laid foundation exposing Celine’s life as the 28 year old had fallen prey to trappings of a certain lifestyle. The writing was suspenseful, mysterious, and fascinating. The characters, the protagonist and the antagonist, were multifaceted. At certain point, I was exasperated with Maggie’s decision making, and the other times I was impressed with her tenacity and loyalty. Similar Celine evoked both sympathy and frustration. There definitely was some resentment and jealous issues at play, but there was still love underneath it all.
Many times I thought I had the mystery figured out, only to realize I fell for a red herring. It wasn’t until the very end that things became clear. This is a book a reader will want to finish in one sitting because it’s that engrossing. I don’t know if the ending was a shocker, but I didn’t conclusively put it together until the end. While I prefer KA Tucker’s romance novels, this one was a good mystery and suspense novel. The author took time and delivered a great plot with conspicuous characters. This was an enjoyable read.
I couldn't pry myself away from my headphones with this enthralling story! I've read many of K.A. Tucker's before and this is my favorite to date. I am really hoping we might see a sequel to continue Maggie's story.
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KA Tucker has a way of spinning an interesting story with interesting characters and sub characters. In this particular story Maggie is charged with packing up her best friends apartment after an apparent suicide/ accidental death. While going through Celines thing's she finds diaries that disclose a side of Celine that Maggie had no idea existed. As the mystery of her death unwinds it leads her to Celines place of employment Maggie finds herself hiring a private investigator. One message with a photo continues to haunt Maggie ... "he will be the ruin of me." Maggie finds that he may also be the ruin of her. Great listen!! I used $ to buy on sale but would have happily used a credit.
Seamless transition from young adult genre to adult (psychological)fiction I cld not put it down. I love books that u dread reaching the end because ur so invested in the story and the characters
I love most of K.A. Tucker's books. This was pretty good. I love the narrator Kate Rudd. Olivia Song is not my favorite. Somehow she doesn't move me and grab me into her narration. Her male voice isn't good to the ears. Kate Rudd should have done the bigger part in this book and it would have made it much better to listen too.
The story was good and kept your interest.
My mind started to wonder away as I was listening at times. Some parts of this wasn't that interesting.
Getting to the last part was really good. You never knew who was the bad guywas.
It kept you guessing and as things wound up it was a good ending.
I would have ended it with one of them being a good guy and her ending up with him. You'll know what I mean when you read it. :-)
It kept my interest and kept me guessing. Just when I thought I'd worked it out I realised I hadn't.
I felt like I could see the buildings, the characters, the artwork. The author paints such a clear picture for the reader.
Not sure which narrator was trying to relay an Australian accent, but we don't speak like that. It was truly awful. Apart from that, the narration was very good.
Yes. If time had allowed I would have kept listening.
I appreciate readers leaving their reviews, I find them rarely wrong. Thank you for posting your reviews as it guided me to reading this author for the first time and really enjoying it.
K.A. Tucker has a wonderful way of keeping me on the edge of my seat and she did just that with He Will Be My Ruin.
Maggie is rich but has a big heart and loves to help other people. When she is off saving an underdeveloped country, she get a call about her best friends suicide.
She knows in her heart that her best friend would never do that. She moves into her apartment to get to the bottom of this case!
Tucker had me guessing what happen, how it happen and who done the deed all the way to the end. Superbly written and well plotted!
This would make a great movie!
The narration was wonderful! I loved Celine having her own voice. The accents seem to be spot on for my ears! Great job to Kate Rudd and Olivia Song, I'll be looking for other book narrated by these ladies.
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